World Health Organisation estimates that one person dies every 40 seconds. Suicide is becoming a growing problem in societies across the world. Young people who should have a will to live are opting to take their own lives because of depression.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “Every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues. Yet suicides are preventable. We call on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.”
Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury. Among teenagers aged 15-19 years, suicide was the second leading cause of death among girls (after maternal conditions) and the third leading cause of death in boys (after road injury and interpersonal violence).
The key question is how do we prevent suicide. How do we help members of our society to ensure suicide is completely eradicated.
Compassion is key to suicide prevention. True compassion from brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, family members, community leaders, religious leaders, political leaders can help prevent suicide.